View Full Version : Boxers who tuck up the sport late?


Joey Giardello
12-14-2009, 04:34 PM
Name me some

Sugarr
12-14-2009, 04:48 PM
Rocky Marciano - Had his first professional fight when he was 23 but got serious in the professional ranks when he was 24. Before that, he had only a few amateur fights.

Larry Holmes - Started boxing at 19, I believe, and had 22 amateur bouts.

Dwight Muhammad Qawi - Started boxing when he was in prison and turned pro at 25, without any amateur experience.

Nate Campbell - I think he was 24 when he started boxing. Before he turned pro at 28, he worked in a grocery store.

Joey Giardello
12-14-2009, 05:06 PM
Rocky Marciano - Had his first professional fight when he was 23 but got serious in the professional ranks when he was 24. Before that, he had only a few amateur fights.

Larry Holmes - Started boxing at 19, I believe, and had 22 amateur bouts.

Dwight Muhammad Qawi - Started boxing when he was in prison and turned pro at 25, without any amateur experience.

Nate Campbell - I think he was 24 when he started boxing. Before he turned pro at 28, he worked in a grocery store.

Any more???

Sugarj
12-14-2009, 05:10 PM
I gather Sonny Liston was pretty late to the sport. Carl The Truth Williams was another.

British fans might note Matt Skelton.

Joey Giardello
12-14-2009, 06:03 PM
I gather Sonny Liston was pretty late to the sport. Carl The Truth Williams was another.

British fans might note Matt Skelton.

how old was williams

dde91
12-14-2009, 06:05 PM
Bernard Hopkins boxed when he was young but not for long.

But he got back into it when he was in Prison and had no Amatuer background and when he got out he turned pro i believe in his mid twentiesish.

DeepSleep
12-14-2009, 06:19 PM
A couple that come to mind that haven't been mentioned yet:

Sergio Martinez was 19 when he started boxing.

Ron Lyle started boxing quite late as he learned to box after he went to prsion.

Hasim Rahman started at age 20.

I'm pretty sure Big Jameel McCline also learned in prison.

Joey Giardello
12-14-2009, 07:41 PM
A couple that come to mind that haven't been mentioned yet:

Sergio Martinez was 19 when he started boxing.

Ron Lyle started boxing quite late as he learned to box after he went to prsion.

Hasim Rahman started at age 20.

I'm pretty sure Big Jameel McCline also learned in prison.

Yeah. McCline took the sport up pretty late. 23 I belive.

Sergio Martinez was actually 20 when he started.

Earl Hickey
12-14-2009, 08:02 PM
Dwight Muhammed Qawi

Joey Giardello
12-14-2009, 10:29 PM
Any others?

BennyST
12-14-2009, 11:27 PM
Nate Campbell always comes to mind for me as he started very late and out of all of these guys would be the craftiest and knows the most little tricks, which usually comes with lots and experience and having fought for a long, long time.

Amazing guy.

DonTaseMeBrah
12-15-2009, 12:12 AM
antonio tarver started when he was in his late 20s.

george forman actually made a comment during one of campbell's fights saying its actually better to start in your mid 20s, more mature physically & mentally.

take wilfred benitez who started so young that he was done before he hit 25.

Joey Giardello
12-15-2009, 08:13 AM
antonio tarver started when he was in his late 20s.

george forman actually made a comment during one of campbell's fights saying its actually better to start in your mid 20s, more mature physically & mentally.

take wilfred benitez who started so young that he was done before he hit 25.

I agree, better to hit your prime late than to early benitez was burnt out at 24

Silencers
12-15-2009, 08:34 AM
I think Giaccobe Fragomeni didn't start boxing until he was in his 20s.

boxing_great
01-02-2010, 09:38 AM
bernard hopkins

Silencers
01-02-2010, 10:15 AM
bernard hopkins

Not true, from what I understand he started boxing when he was a kid and had a decent amateur career before being sent to prison.

#1Assassin
01-02-2010, 10:25 AM
Not true, from what I understand he started boxing when he was a kid and had a decent amateur career before being sent to prison.

yeah. tarver too, he beat roy jones in the amateurs as a kid. then he quit and picked it back up in his 20's after seeing roy in the olympics. same thing with paul williams, he picked the sport back up after quitting as a kid. campbell too although he just learned the basics as a kid, never had any amateur fights or nothing.

abraham was like 17 when he started, which is kind of late. steve cunningham started boxing in the navy or something, think he was 20 or 21.

Bigdaddy_Vh
01-02-2010, 10:50 AM
Tony Thompson turned pro at 29.
Kevin Johnson turned pro at 24

cotto16
01-02-2010, 01:25 PM
Tony Thompson turned pro at 29.
Kevin Johnson turned pro at 24

you beat me to it, tony thompson the guy done well to get a title shot takeing up the sport that late, wasnt rony lyle also 29 when he started?

markkerr101
01-02-2010, 07:07 PM
Tarver went pro late! like 27 or something. but he had boxed off and on since he was lil

Joey Giardello
01-02-2010, 08:00 PM
Tarver went pro late! like 27 or something. but he had boxed off and on since he was lil

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